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Election 2000: Miami-Dade County Ballots Set to Transferred to Tallahassee TomorrowAired November 30, 2000 - 2:31 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: And we will be watching the same thing tomorrow, as Lou said, as all of the Miami-Dade County ballots are transferred to Tallahassee. That move will involve an even bigger load, more than 650,000 ballots.
CNN's Frank Buckley joins us now from Miami about transportation day two expected -- Frank.
FRANK BUCKLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Transportation day two starting here in Miami tomorrow morning, Natalie, with 654,000 ballots, travelling in two, 14-foot panel trucks with a convoy of police officers, as well as observe from both the Republican and Democrat Party. They are to be riding in one car. So it should be a very long ride for those party observers.
Right now, on the 19th floor, outside -- inside of the county building, where we are standing right now, the progress of boxing up all of those ballots taking place.
One thing party observers noticed yesterday, during a manual reinventory of the undervote ballots, those 10,750 ballots that didn't have a clear indication of a presidential choice, it was discovered that, as the ballots were being recounted in this inventory, the number of undervote ballots was different than was previously tallied. Elections officials say, as the ballots go through machines, that chads pop out or go back in, explaining the new number.
But Republicans say, this is exactly why a recount is not an appropriate thing to do.
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NICOLAS GUTIERREZ, BUSH CAMPAIGN ATTORNEY: Every time these ballots are rehandled, reshuffled, recounted, taken out of their precinct boxes, put in new envelops, removed out of those envelopes and put in new envelopes, they are altered. Their physical integrity is compromised. They lose chads. They are folded. They -- you get further and further away from the will of the people.
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BUCKLEY: The Republicans saying that it makes that much more difficult to determine voter intent, but that's why Democrats say it's absolutely necessary to do a manual recount.
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REP. PATRICK KENNEDY (D), RHODE ISLAND: I think this process, while it may be tedious, while it may be boring, while it may be exhausting, the fact of the matter is that's not what is at issue here. What is at issue here is the integrity of our democracy and insuring that all those vote that are cast have been counted.
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BUCKLEY: So the expectation is that the 654,000 ballots here in Miami are to be boxed up by the end of today, and sometime around 5:00 in the morning, nearly 100 boxes will be transferred into these two vans for long 9-hour drive up to Tallahassee.
One thing that we should point out is that the time situation is creeping up, Local officials here -- election officials said that they thought it would take 10 days to do a full manual recount. And of course, if in fact that full manual recount is ordered of the 654,000 ballots from Miami-Dade, we are really pushing up against that December 12th deadline -- Natalie.
ALLEN: Right, so the Gore team is trying to get that process going. That is something else we will be watching. Frank Buckley, in Miami, thanks, Frank.
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